The cost of government crackdown on disability benefits

If the labour party are to be believed the cost of tribunals hearing employment and support allowance (ESA) appeals trebled from £21m in 2009/10 to £66m in 2012/13. According to the shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, Liam Byrne, the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) needed to “get a grip” and laid part of the blame with Atos, the company that is contracted to manage work capability assessments on behalf of the DWP. Mr Bryrne also claims that “more decisions are wrong than ever before”.
However, a spokesman for the department for work and pensions said the new figures were “completely unsurprising”, as the number of work capability assessments for new claims rose from 648,000 in 2009/10 to 723,000 in 2011/12. and added that, overall, only 15 per cent of all fit for work decisions were overturned on appeal.

The Justice Minister Helen Grant did admit that an increase in the number of appeals was partly to blame for the increase in costs to the HM Courts and Tribunals Service. Read the rest of this entry »

Mobility Scooter thefts

Police are warning Mobility Scooter owners to be extra vigilant as Mobility scooter Theft is on the increase up and down the country. Joyriders have been stealing people’s mobility scooters and trashing them.
In many cases scooters were badly damaged before police are able to recover them and return them to their owners. One owner, who suffers from multiple sclerosis, said it felt like the thieves had “stolen his legs”. Read the rest of this entry »

Mobility scooter accidents

Suggestions that driving courses for Wheelchair and mobility scooter uses are raised as a Hull jogger was left in agony following a collision outside the post office in hessle Square.
Fitnes trainer Tanya bakewell suffered a torn tendon when she collided with the mobility scooter driven by her next door neighbor and is now calling for tougher regulations on mobility scooter use and suggest that scooter users should have to go on a driving course before using them.
Speaking from her home in Hessle Miss Bakewell said “I was out for my morning jog, as I came round the corner I came face to face with this mobility scooter and had no time to stop, Before I knew it I was on the floor in agony and left me unable to work for at least a week. She is a lovely lady and I don’t want to fall out with her but I do think she should ride this thing on the road not the pavement. Read the rest of this entry »